Monday Morning Golf Report
April 27, 2009
Kyle Reifers turned in his best finish of the season, a tie for fourth at the Nationwide Tour's South Georgia Classic over the weekend.
Reifers opened with a round of 2-under 70 and after a 5-under 67 on Friday, he found himself two shots off the lead. Reifers then posted an even-par round on Saturday and was three-shots back heading into Sunday.
In the final round, the 2006 graduate birdied his first four holes and climbed to within one-shot of Garth Mulroy's lead. He made another birdie at No. 8 and turned in 5-under 31. After a birdie at No. 11, Reifers was tied for the lead but he went four-over his last three holes to fall back into a tie for fourth.
Despite the rough end to the round, Reifers still posted his best finish of the season and it marked his fifth made cut.
Former Deacons Len Mattiace and Ron Whittaker also played this week in South Georgia but missed the cut.
On the PGA Tour, Webb Simpson made his third cut in the last four tournaments with a tie for 32nd at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He made a total of 21 birdies on the week, including six in the final round, but he had a double-bogey in each of the first three rounds and a quadruple-bogey on Sunday.
Simpson has made seven cuts thus far this year and is currently 55th on the money list with a little over $575,000 dollars.
Billy Andrade also teed it up this week in New Orleans but he missed the cut.
The Champions Tour held the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in Savannah, Ga., this week. The tournament features tour legends paired together in a best-ball format.
Scott Hoch was the highest finishing former Deacon as he and partner Fred Funk finished tied for 9th at 22-under.
Jay Haas and Ben Crenshaw finished tied for 13th at 20-under while Leonard Thompson and Hubert Green were 15-under and tied for 25th.
Jay Sigel and Dave Stockton finished a shot back at 14-under and 2009 World Golf Hall of Fame honoree Lanny Wadkins teamed with brother Bobby Wadkins to post 10-under.
Also last week, 1972 graduate Logan Jackson and his four-ball partner Bill Palmer fired a championship record total of 195 to win the 41st Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship at the Greenville Country Club last Thursday afternoon.
Jackson and Palmer posted three consecutive rounds of 65 on the newly renovated Riverside course at Greenville C.C. The pair's bogey-free final round included six birdies and helped them to a three-stroke over defending champions Paul Simson and Don Detweiler.
Laura Diaz missed the cut this week at the LPGA Tour's Corona Championship but will likely be in the field at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill when the tour returns to action in two weeks.
The Champions and Nationwide Tour will both take the next two weeks off. The Champions Tour will host the Regions Charity Classic in Birmingham, Ala., on May 15 while the Nationwide Tour will get back in action at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
The PGA Tour comes to Charlotte this week for the Quail Hollow Championship and will then head to The Players Championship at Sawgrass on May 7.
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